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50 Book Challenge 31/50
Um. Ok. Wow. This is the most ironic book I’ve ever read.
So, my summer school boss gave a copy of this book to the entire staff as a parting gift. He was spouting all sorts of things about its message. I did not want to read it. I’m generally against anything that promises to be a silver bullet. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the majority of “self-help” literature out there is bullshit. But, it’s an incredibly short book (probably took me less than an hour in total) so I just decided to read it.
Can you unread a book?
Are you ready for the genius offered by this book? Here it is: Things change. Learn to change or you’ll be left behind. There, I just saved you an hour.
Here’s why the book is ironic: the title is Who Moved My Cheese. The story is about some mice and some mice-sized people who live in a maze and quest after cheese. They find it, they’re comfortable for a while, then the cheese disappears. Are you then the mice, who immediately run off into the maze to find new cheese, or are you the mini people who waste so much time hoping the old cheese will come back and complaining about how unfair it was that is was moved, that they almost starve?
What the book not only never answers, but never even explores like it might be important, is who moved the cheese. According to this book, it doesn’t matter why a change is occurring, only how we react to it. I don’t know about you, but if change is happening because the people in power have decided that what I want or need is no longer important, or that I no longer deserve what I have previously earned, the answer is NOT to just accept it and move on. I mean, let’s reframe the metaphor:
The people & mice are stuck in a maze constructed by something more powerful than themselves, something they don’t even seem to be aware of. The twists and turns of the maze serve as a distractor; something to keep them too busy to notice anything else. The cheese is placed in an arbitrary location by someone unseen. They are fooled into thinking they are happy when they find it, although they will later learn that it’s the search for this cheese that actually provides happiness. Then, one day, the same unknown authority removes the cheese. It does not care if they starve. It provides no options or alternatives. Once the characters find their “new cheese”, there is still no way to be sure this cheese will not suddenly vanish some day. The book posits this is a good thing, that it keeps you ready to adapt in the future.
What a message in the insecurity of today’s world. Always be ready for what you have earned to be taken from you without explanation or warning. You should react to this by just “getting back out there” and starting over from scratch. You should expect nothing from those with more power than you.
What the actual fuck.
And it’s finished! #crossstitch #bulbasaur #pokemon
My wife finished my birthday present early!
i feel it in my bones, i’m on F I R E
hit the reblog so fast i think i broke my mouse
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hoLY MOTHER OF JESUSSSSSSSSSSS
THIS IS LIKE THE HOLY GRAIL OF MASH UP BONERS
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The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange hobbies or talents or gifts and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem weird or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake. What makes me unique has brought every person I love into my life.
I want to see who all else has messy rooms. My mother has been yelling at the imperfect state of my room and how it isn’t normal, and how EVERYONE else(school/college kids, kids, adults) keep their room clean. I want to try showing her that isn’t true.
Normal or not, cleaning is a habit you need to establish early or you will have a bad time when you start living on your own.
Take it from a 25 year old. Just clean your room.
I mean like
How could it not be
every single moment is pure gold
and finally, one of my favorites